Black Mondo Grass

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Unusual Chic Groundcover - Black Mondo Grass!

  • Near Black Foliage!
  • Deep Dark Blackish-Purple Slim Blades
  • Arching Mounding Clumps
  • White to Pink Flowers
  • Berries in Fall
  • Highly Ornamental
  • Evergreen
  • Tough & Durable
  • Deer & Pest Resistant
  • Handles Light Foot Traffic
  • Modern Dramatic Look!
  • Easy Care
  • Great Edging & Ground Cover

Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') is a dramatic and incredibly hued ornamental grass with a summer bloom and fall berries. Creating a wonderful groundcover or a border in your perennial bed that is unlike anything you've ever seen! 

Mondo Grass is an incredibly unique ornamental grass with an ultimate dark purple-black color. As it grows its erect growth changes and adopts an elegant slightly bowing form for a gentle, soft appearance. Arching and graceful, these are fantastic border and edging plants!

In the summer tiny pinkish-white flowers form, resembling little balls, add a bit of additional decorative appeal. With an ultra-modern form that creates a streamlined clean visual appearance that delivers high impact.

In fall, small purple berries form and add further interest to your plant! Plus you’ll enjoy the gorgeous color extends throughout the year! As an evergreen perennial grass so you’ll be able to enjoy this unique coloration throughout the winter months!

How to Use Black Mondo Grass In The Landscape

A low-growing grass, and incredible coloration year-round, it's a very unique lawn substitute en masse or in rows for a small, out of the way area, you’ll create a high-impact visual for your landscape! You can even keep it short like lawn grass without a problem, and you won't spend all weekend mowing!

It also develops a thick mat of roots so planting it against foundations can aid in dealing with water run-off. Plant around the base of your gutters where they drain or create a Rain garden! Use around water features and brooks, for intense color!

Two of the enemies of grasses, deer and bunnies, tend to leave it alone, so easily plant swaths of these in out-of-the-way areas without worry. Great atop steep slopes and hillsides that are difficult to mow and let this grass slowly spread to fill the area in color!

Plus it can even handle heavy traffic so using it around paving stones would be no problem at all. Plant in Rock gardens and throughout an updated Cottage or Perennial garden where its modern color takes things to a new level!

Mondo Grass has always been a modern favorite for use as a groundcover with its long, strappy leaves and mounded habit. When used as edging around pool decks, pathways or your foundation where you’ll certainly bump up the curb appeal big time!

Excellent in containers and planters to add depth and dramatic coloration! Use around your patios, balconies and porch plantings to kick up the color in both sun and partial shade! Courtyards and front entrances all benefit from this fantastic plant!

With deeply dark foliage, this is an incredible selection to place alongside contemporary buildings and highlight modern sculptures or reflecting pools, Zen and meditation gardens, and general use for formal beds and borders!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Plant in full sun in the cooler USDA growing zones of 6 through 9. Tolerating partial shade as well, you’ll get the best coloration when in full sun, however, those in the warmer climates will find their grass appreciates part sun or afternoon shade.

Mondo Grass is drought-tolerant, but to protect your investment provide water in times of severe drought. Preferring evenly moist soils in average fertility, be sure to plant in well-drained soil for best results.

Deer resistant, even pests seem to avoid it, eliminating the need for costly pesticides. Low maintenance, this slow and steady grower doesn’t require much upkeep! This jet black grass received an award of garden merit from the Royal Horticultural Society, so you know it’s an amazing plant!

Ultimate dark and dramatic color that lasts all year round, you’ll be thrilled with this intense colored grass! Black Mondo Grass has a sleek, modern look and feel! You’ll be glad you ordered yours at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Black Mondo Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ophiopogon Mondo Grass 'Nigrescens'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 6 - 8 inches
Mature Spread 8 - 12 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Deep Purple, Black
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No